What’s the Difference Between uPVC and Aluminium Windows

What’s the Difference Between uPVC and Aluminium Windows: Just like anything else in life, there are many decisions to make when choosing new windows. What type of style do you want? Considering a lovely casement fit, or would you prefer a flush? What colour do you feel best fits your home? And finally, what material is going to be the best choice for you? There are two primary types of material to choose from when considering new windows, so let’s go through which options have the benefits of each one.

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UPVc or Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride is a low-maintenance material which is a popular choice for house upgrades. Typically used in new window installs, uPVC can also be utilised in drainage such as guttering, drain pipes and downpipes and it’s also a popular choice for fascia, siding and weatherboards. This versatility is backed up by how reliable it is for homes, facing all weather types with ease and providing energy-efficiency homeowners dream of.

Compared to many other materials, UPVc is also very cost-efficient, providing reliable performance all year round for a cheaper cost than expensive materials. This is in part to how easy it is to create. Interestingly, PVC was accidentally discovered in the early 1800s by Henry Regnault, although it didn’t enter commercial use until the 1950s. Produced through the chemical synthesis of ethylene and chlorine, components are found naturally occurring in the raw materials of common salt and petroleum. The entire process leaves a very rigid and stable form of plastic, known as uPVC.

There are several uPVC style windows to choose from, including casement, flush, bay & bow, sliding sash and tilt & turn. The versatility of uPVC makes it fantastic across numerous scenarios, so it really is all about finding what works best for you.

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A word the English and Americans have fought over the pronunciation of for years, aluminium is a diverse material. It’s found in everything from foil to aircraft fuselages, and it makes a fantastic frame for windows. Aluminium windows are often the most common choice of frame in commercial projects, thanks to its flexibility in design, allowing for more unique and personalised frame designs.

Fun fact, aluminium is one of the most abundant metals in the crust of the Earth, but it’s typically found in other minerals rather than on its own. It’s also recyclable, it never rusts, and it is resistant to heat, so it’s a solid choice for any window. Aluminium is slightly more costly than uPVC, which is why it is most commonly used in large commercial scale builds. For example, a modern block of flats used for student accommodation will very likely have aluminium framed windows because aluminum is very reliable over a long frame of time.

If you are someone who considers themselves quite conscious of the environment and our impact on it, you’ll be happy to know that aluminum is recyclable, so should you change your windows many years from now, you’ll be safe knowing that the materials will be re-used.

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Much like uPVC, our entire range of windows styles are available in aluminum, including casement, flush, bay & bow, sliding sash and tilt & turn. The strength and reliability of aluminum means it won’t let you down in the years to come.

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